West Berkshire Council

New fund puts crime cash back into communities

A new fund will put cash recovered through the courts from criminals into community safety projects.

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Issued on: 12 July 2017

The Joint Public Protection Committee  has approved the Criteria for a Public Protection Community Fund which will shortly be available for organisations across Bracknell, West Berkshire and Wokingham to apply for grants of up to £7.5k.

Charities, resident associations and formally constituted community and voluntary groups will be able to apply to use the proceeds of crime cash to fund local crime prevention schemes.

The Joint Committee will consider and determine applications and monitor how the grants are being spent. 

Cllr Norman Jorgensen, Wokingham, Chair of the Joint Committee said: "We are very pleased to be able to use money recovered from criminal investigations back into the community via this new fund. We will shortly be open for applications from local organisations as to how they can use the money to reduce crime."

The Joint Public Protection Committee oversees the work of Public Protection Partnership (Environmental Health, Trading Standard and Licensing) for Bracknell Forest Borough Council, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council.